Hi everyone. I am very new mom to some great chickens and I am very appreciative of all the wonderful information on this site. From reading the predator section I believe a raccoon got our 9 week old Jersey Giant roo last night. I went to their coop this am to let them FR and I noticed a black lump in the corner. I couldn't believe it. It looks like he was pulled through a weak spot and was just eaten until the point where the body became stuck. I am just sickened thinking that I left a vulnerable spot. Here are my questions: Our coop is old but refurbished. I had "re-inforced" (apparently not well) the run area with chicken wire inside and out because it was originally done in wire with 2"x2" openings. I left that in place and just enclosed everything. Could my roo have gotten his head stuck in this gap in the corner first and then a preator came along...like he was bait? Also, I had just hung a new waterer about 6 inches from that corner. Could that have something to do with the attack? Would a chicken be over there getting water if a coon was trying to pry away the chicken wire less than 6 inches away from him? If a raccoon is trying to break in, aren't the chickens trying to get away from him? Could my roo have been trying to protect everyone else and gotten caught in the opening? Finally, what is the appropriate clean up for this situation. There was quite a bit of blood. The attack was the corner of where the run meets the coop/nesting area. I am practicing the deep litter method. I guess I just want to be sure of no remnants of blood left. I am sorry for the long winded comments. I am just so shocked and sad. I never heard a thing. FYI I am reinforcing the coop with fine mesh wire. Thank you all so much!